Archive for May, 2009

Fifty Thousand Employees: An Under-utilized Resource in City Government

The current city budget authorizes 39 departments to maintain a combined workforce of 36,864 employees. And if the 14,453 employees in three independent departments are counted, the total number of authorized positions in City Service would provide for a workforce of 51,347 employees. But it should be noted that the City’s actual workforce is always […]

Theatre Production Company is Getting a Grip from the Ground Up

Theatre Production Company is Getting a Grip from the Ground Up

The green beetle, ancient Egyptians noted, has a way of resurrecting life from the lowest materials on earth. The hard-working insect rolls balls of dung in which to plant its eggs and hatch its larvae, and so it became an appropriate metaphor for the production company that sprung from the circumstances under which Kristen Lee […]

When Great Women Gather, Great Things Can Be Accomplished

When Great Women Gather, Great Things Can Be Accomplished

“Bloom where you are planted.” That’s the motto of Thyonne Gordon, an inspiring woman who is the executive director of A Place Called Home (APCH), a youth center that provides a positive environment for at-risk kids. It is an oasis in L.A. where kids can cultivate their education and creative goals. A great place to […]

Uninsured Loss?

Under certain circumstances, the Internal Revenue Service will allow an income tax deduction for lost or damaged items not covered by insurance. (This can be a business or a personal loss.) The allowable deduction for a casualty loss is the least of: (1) the fair market value at the time of loss or the decrease […]

The Techno Home Is Here

I had the privilege several weeks ago of viewing a Techno-Home. Forget about clapping your hands and the lamps turning on. How about a hand-held remote that lets you turn on the television, audio and DVD player, control the lighting and control the air and heating system? That’s right. One slick remote. I spent a […]

Star Hairstyles: Hugh Jackman

Star Hairstyles: Hugh Jackman

Drawing inspiration from the hairstyle trends of our favorite stars and celebrities has become a national past time. One such star hairstyle that is emulated by men of all ages is Australian heartthrob Hugh Jackman. His movie star persona, sexy hairstyles and bare-chested sex symbol status has women swooning in the aisles. To Get The […]

Can General Motors Build a Good Car? Yes!

Can General Motors Build a Good Car? Yes!

This has been a terrible year so far for the auto industry, with the so-called Detroit Three being especially hard hit. (The fact that they’ve slipped from being known as the “big three” is one of the most telling aspects of their slide.) Chrysler is now in the process of bankruptcy reorganization, and the once-mighty […]

Learn the Craft of Songwriting If Song is King, is Melody Queen?

Learn the Craft of Songwriting If Song is King, is Melody Queen?

Several years ago, I witnessed an event that I will never forget. It was at a Los Angeles Unified School District luncheon for board members and their families. A girl group that I was managing at the time, called U4Ea!, performed a medley of girl group songs of the ‘60s, including such timeless classics as: […]

Salt of the Earth

A few columns ago, the Palate pleaded with readers to at least taste what’s on the plate before wielding the handy salt shaker. My contention was that you just might over-salt a perfect recipe. Now comes scientific evidence that many well-known restaurants, especially chain-gang places, are shaking on unhealthy doses of sodium during preparation. Why? […]

Only one play to review this week, but it was a derelictic doozy!

Only one play to review this week, but it was a derelictic doozy!

So darkly funny, it’s difficult to summarize for you without giving away the plot… but I’ll try! Rantoul and Die HOLLYWOOD- A manically funny, outrageously crude, “trailer trash” treasure! The audience roared with laughter repeatedly, while covering their mouths with shock, as the dysfunctional lives of four of society’s rejects explosively unfold. Written ingeniously by […]